6, 7 & 8 September – Yass to Wagga
Yass to Wagga Wagga
After a tough night sleeping on the concrete next to the tiny bench we got up, got moving to get the blood flowing and started the next stretch towards Juliong.
One thing about not doing to much research on the destinations you are visiting is not knowing what the day and surrounding will hold in the next day of the adventures! All the tiredness shredded away as we cycled towards Juliong. The scenery kept changing and just hot more remote and beautiful as we cycled through the countryside. Traveling through these small and beautiful small towns is just an experience you can’t explain to other people. This is the moments that I was looking for on this adventure.
The tough and long hills slowly started to get smaller as we ticketed of the kilometers and the surrounding just kept getting greener along the way.
We entered the small Village of Juliong with a population of only 234 people! How cool is this??? One shop, small restaurant and a bar… that is it! We talked to a few locals and they said we could pitch our tents in the park were the caravans are parked and… its free! Always puts a big smile on our faces as one of our goals is not to pay for accommodation in Oz.
After a quick meal on the electrical burners provided at the park we pitched our tents. As we relaxed after the long day a old lady came walking towards us. She said they saw us on the road cycling and just want to give us a small gift. A gift 🙂 🙂 I love gifts!! She opened the white plastic bag and took out a smoked trout and some spiced crackers! I think if we opened our mouths our tongue would fell on the ground. She was explaining that she taught her children not to take anything from strangers but she promised she did not poisoned it. Hahaha was so funny and cute. We tanked her for being so kind and then she returned to their caravan.
That night we had a feast as we started off with the trout and crackers and then made a huge meal ourselves!
Think both of us fell asleep very quick when we got back to the tent!
Juliong to Nowhere (50 from Wagga Wagga)
As I zipped open my tent I was welcomed into the morning with beautiful green grass, many trees, mist and the sun was just about to stick out his head over the horizon. This was maybe one of the most beautiful mornings I’ve seen in such a long time!! I just sat there for a few minutes taking in all this beauty and taking mental photos nobody can ever take away!
As I crabbed my camera, I called Ula to get his camera, because he would really like to take some photos.
The first 10 kilometers of the day was tough as we got hit by one hill after another. The beautiful scenery continued and we had a quick stop at The Dog on the Tuckerbox to get some food in our systems.
We reached the very small town of Gundagai that yet again surprised me! Entering the town we saw a little carnival going on and already got a nice vibe about this town. We brought our groceries at Woolworths and got a nice tree to sit under, sort out the groceries, eat and just enjoy the vibe of the town.
Gundagai is located along the Murrumbidgee River and Muniong, Honeysuckle, Kimo, Mooney Mooney, Murrumbidgee and Tumut mountain ranges, Gundagai is 390km south-west of Sydney.
Gundagai is known to be on the middle between Sydney and Melbourne. The city is also very well known under writers and there is also a famous national song about the town.
There was two major floods in 1844 and 1852. The 1852 flood shook Gundagai as 78 people died out of a population of only 250. This is recorded as one of Australia’s biggest natural disasters to date. With even a higher flood in 1853, the town was relocated to where the current north Gundagai is today.
After we left this historic town we did our final leg of the day. We found a Mc Donald and stopped for a quick soft serve before we continue to where we would sleep… And we had no idea where it would be :). We finally pulled off after 72km on a gravel side-road next to the Hume Highway. Perfect spot just to chill after another long day! Took a few nice sunset photos and video and will rest out before our 50km to Wagga tomorrow.
Nowhere to Wagga Wagga
It was freezing when we woke up and struggled to get going. This is my morning routine before I get out of bed:
– after alarm chill for 10 minutes before I get going
– climb out of my sleeping bag
– zip open the front of my tent that the air can come in
– change into my long cycling shorts
– put on one or two jackets (thats all I have)
– roll up my sleeping bag, pillow and mattress
– quickly pack all my things into my bags
– jump out of the tent and get going get moving !!!
It was a chill cycle and got to Wagga at about 13:00. Entering the Wagga my eye caught a trailer with fruit standing next to the road and noticed there was nobody there. I went over and was amazed when I saw a box that said… “Honesty Box”. So you take the fruit, vegetables or drinks you want and then just through the money into the box! This is just crazy coming from South Africa. In South Africa they will steal the money box, fruit and the trailer in the first day.
Dave send us his address and we headed straight for his house. It was about 5km out of town and we had a good feeling about it because we thought it will be on a small piece of land outside the city. This is always nice when you want to chill and I personally love that type of vibe.
When we arrived it was exactly what I had in mind and we where greeted by Rachael, Dave’s housemate. Dave and his other housemate, Will, was looking at horses at another farm. Rachael showed us the shower, the house and gave us towels that we can get ourselves clean. The shower was one of the best I had in a very long time!
After about 2 hours Dave and Will got home and finally got to meet him. Awesome guy and he reminded me of some of my friends back home.
He said we shouldn’t worry about food because Will is going to make us some Nachos!!! Wow!! Haha, I could not wait. This is just a luxury we did not expect to get on our trip!
They had internet and we had time to update our blogs and other social media.
We had great talks with both Dave and Will. And then…. The Nachos was ready! The Nachos that Will made was probably some of the best ones I tastes so far in my life! I just could not stop eating!
After dinner we just chilled out and had the opportunity to have a great nights rest!